Banff 2018 International Induced Seismicity Workshop

Banff 2018 International Induced Seismicity Workshop: Oct. 24-27, 2018

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Oral Presentations:



  • Localization Processes Leading to Large Failures: Analysis of acoustic emission and earthquake catalogues, Ilya Zaliapin
  • Damage evolution is leading to dynamic failure in rocks- observations from laboratory tests, Georg Dresen
  • Seismic reactivation of basement structures in Oklahoma, Ze’ev Reches





  • BC’s Regulatory Framework, Stuart (Stu) Venables
  • Induced Seismicity: Observations, Research and Oversight in British Columbia, Stu Venables
  • Progress Energy – An operator’s perspective on the nature of induced seismicity in the Montney field and the ever-evolving challenges for the regulatory body, Lindsay Miller



  • New Frontiers in Characterization of Sub-Catalog Microseismicity: Application to Fluid-Driven Earthquake Swarms Beneath Long Valley Caldera, California, Dave Shelly
  • Detection of earthquakes, phases, and first-motion polarities with deep learning, Zachary Ross
  • Limits on detection and analysis of small (induced) earthquakes, Grzegorz Kwiatek

Poster Presentations:

  • Caverns Regional stability and Rock bolt failure evaluation using induced seismicity, Sivakumar Cherukuri
  • Inter-Event Triggering in Microseismicity Induced by Hydraulic Fracturing, Joern Davidsen
  • Regulating hydraulic fracturing: An Environment Agency, England perspective, Anna Stork
  • A Framework for Model Calibration and Performance Testing: Applications to the Groningen Field, Sander Osinga
  • Investigating elastic Coulomb stress transfer during hydraulic fracturing-induced seismicity, Tom Kettlety
  • Mapping the Seismic Hazard from Induced Earthquakes in Alberta, Hadi Ghofrani
  • Bilinear magnitude distributions and the characteristic earthquake hypothesis, Nadine Igonin
  • Role of fault creep on earthquake nucleation in the Fox Creek region, Alberta, Tom Eyre
  • Using beam-forming to maximise the detection capability of small, sparse seismometer arrays, James Verdon
  • Advanced Simulation Environment for Induced Seismicity Mitigation and Integrated Control (ASEISMIC), David Eaton
  • Linking fluid injection to faulting processes and source properties at NW The Geysers, Patricia Martinez-Garzon
  • Differentiating Induced and Triggered Seismicity in Mines, Laura Brown
    Constraints on heterogeneous stress from observations of induced seismicity, Paul Segall
  • Earthquake Data Auto-Processor (EDAP) with Application for Induced Seismicity, Karen Assatourians
  • An Industry Perspective on Induced Seismicity, Scott McKean
  • A Government of Canada high-performance system for monitoring ground deformation from RCM SAR data, Sergey Samsonov
  • DInSAR observation of the impact of anthropogenic activities on duration of the seismic cycle, Sergey Samsonov
  • Induced seismicity reveals shallow basement faults in south-central Kansas, George Tsoflias
  • Shear-wave anisotropy changes in southern Kansas correlate temporally to pore fluid pressure changes, Keith Nolte
  • Physics-based forecasting of man-made earthquake hazards in Oklahoma and Kansas, Cornelius Langenbruch
  • An investigation on the effects of different Stress Regimes on induced seismic events magnitude, Afshin Amini
  • Using Seismic Event Clusters for Seismic Source Discrimination in Central Utah, Kristine Pankow
  • Influence of crustal structure on high-frequency (f>1 Hz) ground motions from induced earthquakes in, Morgan Moschetti
  • Earthquakes induced by hydraulic fracturing are pervasive in Oklahoma, Rob Skoumal
  • Near-Field Ground-Motion Amplitudes from Induced Earthquakes in Northeast British Columbia, Canada, Ali Mahani
  • Challenges of Implementing the UK’s Traffic Light Scheme, Antony Butcher
  • Geoscience integration connecting fluid flow along faults to hydraulic fracturing induced seismicity, Elwyn Galloway
  • Shear Wave Anisotropy Measurements from Induced Earthquakes in the Wattenberg Disposal Zone, CO, Enrique Chon
  • Constraining the Magnitude of the Largest Induced Earthquake, Robert Shcherbakov
  • Incorporating induced seismicity into seismic hazard evaluation – trial for hydraulic fracturing, Ruijia Wang
  • Homogenization and harmonization of earthquake catalogues, method, criteria and bases: Algeria Case, Assia Harbi
  • Forecasts of Induced Seismicity from a Hydromechanical Earthquake Nucleation Model, Justin Rubinstein
  • Empirical Ground Motion Characterization of Induced Seismicity in Alberta and Oklahoma, Mark Novakovic
  • Characterization of the in-situ stress states for Fox Creek, Alberta, Luyi Shen
    Selecting a safe strategy of salt water disposal, Jechumtalova Zuzana
  • Dependency of the induced seismicity b-value on the stress state of existing fractures, Yusuke Mukuhira
  • Monitoring of induced seismicity with SeisComP3, Bernd Weber
  • Damage to Buildings from Induced Earthquakes, Abbie Liel
  • Monitoring of Anthropogenic Seismicity in Italy: State of the Art, Thomas Braun
  • Reservoir-Triggered Earthquakes in Canada, Maurice Lamontagne
  • Spatiotemporal b-value variations and their significance over the Groningen gas field, Joana Martins
  • Insights into seismicity patterns from cellular automata, Mirko van der Baan
  • The Virginia City, Nevada Earthquake Sequence: Source Characteristics of Small Events (M ~3), Rachel Hatch
  • Stress Drops of Induced Earthquakes in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin, Joanna Holmgren


Seismological Society of America 2017 Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, USA 2017


Oral Presentations:

  • Assessment and Mitigation of Ground Motion Hazards from Induced Seismicity, Gail M. Atkinson, Western University (link)


Induced Seismicity Ground Motion Workshop, USGS, Menlo Park, USA 2017

Oral Presentations:

  • GMPEs for Induced Events and How They Differ from Those for Natural Events, Gail M. Atkinson1, Emrah Yenier2, Karen Assatourians1, 1Western University, 2Nanometrics (link)


Schatzalp Workshop on Induced Seismicity - Swiss Seismological Service, Davos, Switzerland 2017


Oral Presentations:

  • Assessment and Mitigation of Ground Motion Hazards from Induced Seismicity, Gail M. Atkinson, Western University (link)
  • Fault Activation by Hydraulic Fracturing in Over-pressured Shale Formations, David W. Eaton1, Xuewei Bao2 and Burns A. Cheadle3, 1University of Calgary 2Zhejian University 3Western University (link)
  • Rates of Induced-Earthquake Activation in Western Canada and Implications for Hazard, Hadi Ghofrani and Gail M. Atkinson, Western University (link)


Canadian Induced Seismicity Collaboration Workshop, Calgary, Canada 2016

Addressing Induced-Seismicity Hazards to Critical Infrastructure


Organizers: Gail Atkinson, University of Western Ontario; Karen Herman, TransAlta

Oral Presentations:

  • Rates of induced-earthquake activation in western Canada and implications for hazard: Hadi Ghofrani, Western (link)
  • Statistical modelling of seismicity in Alberta modulated by production data (Robert Shcherbakov, Western)
  • Hydraulic fracturing and its relationship to induced seismicity in time and space: Dave Eaton, UofC (link)
  • PSHA for Fox Creek: Emrah Yenier, Nanometrics (link)
  • Seismic Risk from Induced and Natural Earthquakes in the Central and Eastern United States: Taojun Liu, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Risk assessment and impact of induced seismicity on buildings: Gennaro Esposito, Shell
  • Induced-seismicity hazard for critical infrastructure and the effect of exclusion zones: Gail Atkinson, Western (link)
  • Understanding the damage potential to critical flood control facilities from Induced Seismicity: Oliver Taylor, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Defining the normal to single out the odd: Baseline studies of regional seismicity for major shale gas basins in Canada: Honn Kao, PGC (link)
  • Monitoring Solutions for Critical Infrastructure: Andrew Moores, Nanometrics
  • Time History Database for induced earthquakes: Karen Assatourians, Western (link)
  • Regulatory Perspectives and developments of approaches in Alberta: Todd Shipman, AER
  • Studies of Event Sequences in Fox Creek: Ruijia Wang/Jeff Gu, UofA (link)
  • Studies of Event Sequences near Fort St. John: Ali Mahani, Geoscience BC (link)

Poster Presentations:

  • Characterization of Earthquake Site Amplification in Alberta, Canada, for Induced Seismicity ShakeMap Applications: Joseph J. Farrugia, Sheri Molnar, and Gail M. Atkinson, Western (link)
  • Overview of Ground Motion Characteristics from Potentially Induced Seismic Events in Alberta, Canada: Krista Kaski and Gail M. Atkinson, Western (link)
  • Improving the locations of earthquakes using the double difference method, HypoDD, for the Composite Alberta Seismicity Catalog: Samantha Palmer and Gail M. Atkinson, Western (link)
  • Dynamic Finite Element Modeling of Fault Slip; Stress Drop and Overshoot: Arsalan Sattari and David W. Eaton, UofC (link)
  • Investigation of the induced seismicity in the Fox Creek region in first 3 months of 2016 using University of Calgary (DSA) and publicly available IRIS (RAVEN) local seismic arrays: Volodymyr Vragov and David W. Eaton, UofC (link)
  • Focal Mechanism of Composite Microseismic Events: Hongliang Zhang and David W. Eaton, UofC (link)


AGU/CGU GAC/MAC Joint Assembly, Montreal, Canada 2015

 Special Session on Induced Seismicity


Presiding: Gail Atkinson, University of Western Ontario; David Eaton, University of Calgary; Yu Gu, University of Alberta

Induced Seismicity Hazards and Processes: Oral Presentations

  • Assessing the Hazard of Increasing Earthquake Activity in the U.S. Midcontinent: A Short-Term Hazard Model for Natural and Induced Earthquakes: W L Ellsworth, C S Mueller, M D Petersen, J L Rubinstein
  • Investigation of Induced Seismicity Related to the Development of Shale Gas in Northeast British Columbia and Northwest Territories, Canada: H Kao, A M Farahbod, D Walker, D B Snyder, S Cairns (link)
  • A Catalog Search for Triggered Seismicity in Canada and Near Fluid Injection Sites in Western Alberta Using a Match-Filter Approach with Continuous Waveform Data: B Wang, R M Harrington, Y Liu, N van der Elst, H Yu (link)
  • Hazards from Induced Seismicity: Crooked Lake Case Study: H Ghofrani, G M Atkinson, K Assatourians (link)
  • Hydraulic Fracturing of the Alberta Bakken and the Cardston Earthquake Swarm: R Schultz, S Mei, D Pana, V H Stern, Y J Gu, D W S Eaton
  • Passive Seismic Monitoring of CO2 Storage Sites: A Stork, J Verdon, M Kendall, D White
  • Possibilities and Challenges for Mitigating Seismic Hazard from Earthquakes Induced by Disposal of Wastewater by Deep Injection: A McGarr
  • Induced Aftershock Sequences and Swarms in Geothermal Systems: R Shcherbakov, M B Yikilmaz, D L Turcotte, L H Kellogg, J B Rundle
  • Are ENA Potentially Induced Earthquakes Different from Natural Earthquakes?: C H Cramer
  • Ground Motions from Three Recent Earthquakes in Western Alberta and Northeastern British Columbia and their Implications for Induced-Seismicity Hazard in Eastern Regions: G M Atkinson, K Assatourians, B Cheadle, D W Greig (link)
  • Downhole Tool Orientation and Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring of Induced Microseismicity: J H LeCalvez, M Williams, P Primiero
  • Source and Attenuation Parameters for Induced Seismicity in the Crooked Lake Region of Alberta: M Novakovic, G M Atkinson
  • Development of a Ground Motion Prediction Method for Carbon Dioxide Injection Induced Earthquakes: I Stone, R C Lee, C R Bradley, C S Larmat


Induced Seismicity Hazards and Processes: Posters

  •  Analysis of Microseismic Events during a Multi-stage Hydraulic Stimulation Experiment at a Shale Gas Reservoir: S L I Kaka, A L Ashadi Sr, A A Alshuhail, M Jervis
  • Compilation of Composite Alberta Seismicity Catalog (CASC) for Earthquake Hazard from Induced Seismicity in Alberta: L Cui, A Fereidoni, G M Atkinson
  • 3D Finite Element Modeling of Slip on a Well-Oriented, Critically Stressed Fault due to Pore Pressure Increase: D W S Eaton, A Sattari
  • Identifying Quarry Blast Events in Seismicity Catalogs Based on the Ground Motion Parameters: A Fereidoni, G M Atkinson
  • Statistical Analysis of Seismicity in Alberta: S Kothari, R Shcherbakov, G M Atkinson
  • Induced Earthquakes Associated with the Haynesville Shale Play Identified near Bienville Parish, Louisiana in 2011: J I Walter, C Frohlich, J Gale, P Dotray
  • Focal Mechanism Solutions for Earthquakes in Eastern Canada and Alberta Using the Generalized Cut and Paste (gCAP) Method: A Carey, H Yu, Y Liu, R M Harrington
  • Modified Fibre-Bundle Model to Simulate Induced Seismicity: R Kahue, R Shcherbakov
  • Slip Tendency Analysis and Risk of Induced Seismicity: A P Morris, D A Ferrill, G R Walter, A M Price
  • Reservoir-Triggered Seismicity in the Canadian Shield as an Analogue to the Activity Induced by the Deep Injection of Wastewater: M Lamontagne
  • Characteristics of the Earthquake Activity in Southeast New Brunswick, an Area With Shale Gas Potential: M Lamontagne, D Lavoie, S Ma, K B Burke, I D Bastow


Time-lapse video of Seismicity and HF wells